Ann Arbor extends ‘Feet on the Street’ recycling monitoring program

ANN ARBOR – Recycling “detectives” will continue to tag recycling carts for an additional week, according to the City of Ann Arbor.

As part of the city’s annual “Feet on the Street” recycling monitoring program, people are sent to investigate residential recycling carts and give Tree Town residents real-time feedback.

The community-wide initiative was scheduled to end on Friday, August 6, but will now end a week later on August 12.

Feet in the Street aims to improve the quality of recycling in residents’ single-stream recycling carts through recycling education. This is a collaborative effort launched in 70 cities and towns across the United States

Residents are encouraged to recycle paper and cardboard, cardboard, metal objects (like cans), plastics (like bottles, jars and jugs) and glass containers.

Inspectors affix red tags to recycling containers that contain non-recyclable materials, such as plastic bags, pipes, chains, yard waste or food waste. Carts are not serviced until contaminated or non-recyclable items are removed.

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The initiative is being implemented by the City of Ann Arbor Public Works and Office of Sustainability in partnership with the Recycling Partnership, Washtenaw Regional Resource Management Authority (WRRMA), Recycle Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County. It is funded by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.

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